Obituaries Found in Local Newspapers March 1920
For the second time in five weeks, that the grim reaper entered the home of James and Amanda Broyles at Russellville. William Dailey Broyles, (44) passed away at 3 o’clock on March 15, 1920, following a brief illness of pneumonia. His father preceded him in death on February 7, five weeks earlier. William was a farmer. Interment was in Fairview cemetery in Vincennes.
Ruth Ellen Potts Akers, 26, born June 18, 1893, died March 14, 1920, of tuberculosis. She was the daughter of Edward and Sarah Potts and was married to Leslie Clellan Akers, November 22, 1909. To this union were born five children, two sons and three daughters. Two daughters died in infancy.
Margaret Ann Norris Gerhart, 74, was born in Whitley County, Indiana, September 6, 1845, and died March 12, 1920. She married Jacob Gerhart on March 24, 1864, and in 1869, they moved to Lawrence County. In 1872, they moved to the Gerhart place where they resided until her death. Two sons and five daughters were born to this union. Her husband, Jacob, died July 21, 1917. Margaret was buried in the Centerville cemetery.
Inez Ritchie, 22,was born in Pinkstaff, July 25, 1898. On October 30, 1914 at the early age of sixteen, she was married to Aaron Ritchie. One son, Daniel Richard Ritchie was born. Funeral services were held at the St. James A. M. E. church.
Henry Mundorf passed away at his home March 17, 1920, on the State Road, north of Sumner.
Elzina Harmons Creek Houchins,78, daughter of George and Elizabeth Harmons born October3, 1841, near Owensville Indiana, died March 10, 1920. She was first married to John Henry Creek in 1859. In the year 1871, she married her second husband, Dabney Houchins, who died April 28, 1898. Mrs. Houchins was buried at Gilead cemetery.
Lydia Vandermark Seed, one of the oldest residents of Lawrence County, died March 20, 1920, at the age of 89. Grandma Seed, as she was familiarly known by everyone, was in good health, keeping her own house and doing her own work. She was the daughter of James and Susana Vandermark, one of 12 children, and was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1839. She came to Illinois with her parents in 1841, the family driving through in a wagon. At that time Lawrence County was heavily wooded and almost a wilderness. She married October 12, 1848, to Wm. Seed, who died July 21, 1893. The Seed home was noted for its hospitality. She moved to Bridgeport in 1894, and lived there until her death. The body was taken to Zion Cemetery for interment.
Charles A. Mortz, 37, second son of John and Amanda Mortz was born April 12, 1882, and departed this life, March 21, 1920. He was married to Miss Calla Jones on February 24, 1909 and they had 4 children. Funeral services were held at the King Hotel in Bridgeport with interment in the Lawrenceville Cemetery.
Mrs. William E. Morgan Berninger, 47, died in Indianapolis after she underwent an operation for gall stones on Wednesday. The doctors removed 117 stones, and the operation was deemed a success but on Saturday her heart began to weaken and on Sunday, she died. Interment was at the Sumner Cemetery.
Fred Hamilton and his wife, with their four children -two boys and two girls- aged 11 to 4 years old, lived on the G. H. Gillespie farm near Bridgeport. The parents both died, one February 27, the other March 3. A still-born baby was delivered to the mother hours before her death. Mr. Hamilton worked for the Ohio Oil Company, and the company and his fellow workers furnished money to assist with the burials. Interment was in the Bridgeport city cemetery. The Red Cross sent a nurse to take charge of the home. The children were later taken to the Orphans Home at Albion, Illinois.